Religion: Nonconvertible Copts

In the wake of Benito Mussolini's African conquests in the 1930s, the Roman Catholic Church sent a host of missionaries swarming into Ethiopia. Their aim: to "reclaim" for the Catholic faith the five million members of Ethiopia's ancient Christian Coptic Church. Since then Haile Selassie I, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Elect of God and Emperor of Ethiopia, has taken a very dim view of missionaries in general, Catholic missionaries in particular.

Last week came news that in a decree signed by his Minister of the Pen, the Emperor has decreed a drastic restriction of missionary activity in Ethiopia. Hence...

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